sparkhill wrote:Just read on the forum that a couple of Tait cars have been wrecked by fire, there was a time when I used to travel to work on those old rattle traps that I wouldnt have blinked if they set fire to the whole lot, draughty sometimes dirty coaches that used to rock and roll along the tracks, built in the 19th century that were still running in the 1950s and 60s, thankfully VR improved over the years and finally got rid of the old thunderbox toilets with last years telephone directory pages to wipe your backside on, that is what we had at Glen Waverley station for years.
After growing up in the UK where I was a steam train fanatic I was stunned when I saw VRs old clunkers dawdling along the track, it took 35 years and a trip to Williamstown Railway Museum to ignite an interest in Aussie trains, I now enjoy what we had over here also sorry to hear about the Tait cars.
It's always interesting hearing from people who actually had to travel on them. I missed out a little bit - by the time I got to Glen Waverley it was solid X'traps with horrible seats and suspension, and the occasional Comeng. I think somebody shared the same view as you since as soon as the Comengs came in most of them were taken out near Creswick and burned.
Regardless of the status of Murphy, his law is still well and truly in effect. On the Sunday of the triple header I was working in Bendigo, 1.5 hours or so away. It was planned to finish at lunch time and head over to take a look, but due to finishing a little late, a check engine light meaning it was risky to make the journey there, and then missing a train which would have got me to Southern Cross on time, I only saw the back of R707's tender as it went tender-first back to the depot, while we were on a flyover above it. Not to mention that I hadn't put a card in my camera anyway.
Last week was the Maldon sleepover train, which departed from Southern Cross at 9pm on Friday and returned Sunday 5pm. Friday night I was at a dinner and missed it, Sunday I was in the city, but had to wait for something and missed it that way.
I'd also hoped to book tickets for the Snow Train this year, but on the night I went on, booking had closed.
It's almost like something doesn't like me being involved with trains.